Even though there were wide-spread rumours that Microsoft’s SmartGlass for Xbox, its second screen app, would only be available early 2013, the Android version suddenly appeared on Google Play today. Surprise, surprise!
Available as a free download, SmartGlass, which is also available on Windows 8, with an iOS version in the works, allows users to enhance their entertainment experience with the console by connecting mobile devices to an Xbox 360 and using it as a second screen experience. Essentially it works as a really cool remote control that allows you can interact with your favourite TV shows, movies, music, games and more. One really cool example for instance, is ability to use the GPS map for Forza Horizon on your handset while playing the game. You can also view your avatar on you mobile device, as well as updating social information for your Xbox Live profile.
The list of features for Xbox SmartGlass include:
• Navigate your Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
• Use your phone’s keyboard to type to your Xbox 360
• Browse the Internet on your Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
• Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on your Xbox 360
• Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
• Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
• Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
• Change up your 3D avatar
• Message your Xbox friends
• Edit your Xbox profile
[box_info]Note: This app requires an Xbox membership to sign in. Available for most Android 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich or above) smartphones, with WVGA screen resolution or higher.[/box_info]
“With Xbox SmartGlass, we are lighting up entertainment across your phone, tablet, PC and TV in a completely new way. If you love to play games, watch TV and movies, surf the Web, or listen to music, there has never been a better time to be on Xbox,” Microsoft noted in a press release.
[box_light]Reviews have already started pouring in:
- I rarely rate 5 stars. Awesome job, Microsoft. You really came through on this one. It’s fast, sleek, and allows me to do everything but game! Coming soon? ;-)
- This app is amazing. It’s more responsive and functional than I could have hoped for. My only issues arise when an app or game tries to update itself, which kicks you off Live and you lose control. Otherwise fantastic.
- I am definitely impressed. Microsoft actually came through on their promises.
- Love this app; if you’re an XBOX owner this is a must have.
There’s a lot Microsoft can do with Smartglass. Hopefully the ability to use it as a gaming controller is in the works.
Available on Google Play